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John Sloan
American (1871 - 1951) Primary



The Show Case

1905
Etching

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4 7/8 in. x 6 7/8 in. (12.38 cm x 17.46 cm)
Gift of Richard E. Bishop in memory of Mary E. Harrington

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: 1962.142
Geography: North and Central America, United States
Classification: Fine and Visual Arts; Prints; Etchings
Culture/Nationality: American
Collection: Harrington-Bishop Collection
In this print, young women gleefully run past a high fashion corset while an upper-class couple walks by. The young, underdeveloped girls in the print seem to be of a working class that would not be able to afford such costly undergarments. To emphasize this disconnect between the classes of the figures, Sloan connects the gaze of one of the young girls and the older wealthy man.  By having these two groups interact in a morally ambiguous way, Sloan enforces the idea of capitalism exploiting people’s consciousness. This work highlights the intersection of masculine and feminine spaces and different classes in
the shared space of city streets.


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